It’s still less than six months since Ekin-Su and Davide won the last season, but the Love Island villa doors have officially opened for 2023.


The dating show returned on Monday 16th January, with the first 10 Love Island 2023 cast members making their way to the South African villa.

One contestant who’s already made her mark this year is Olivia Hawkins, an actress and ring girl who has a string of acting credits to her name, including a surprise appearance in a very recent episode of EastEnders.

Olivia has caused drama from day 1 following her decision to steal Kai Fagan from Anna-May Robey when it came to the initial coupling – although the move ultimately backfired when Kai stepped forward for Tanyel Revan and Olivia paired up with the only single boy left: Will Young.

So, do we have another Ekin-Su on our hands? Here’s everything you need to know about Olivia.

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Olivia Hawkins – key facts

Olivia Hawkins on Love Island
Love Island contestant Olivia Hawkins. ITV / Lifted Entertainment

Age: 27

Job: Ring girl and actress

Instagram: @livhawkinss

Coupled up with: Will Young

Why did Olivia want to take part in Love Island?

Olivia hasn’t had a relationship before, and is hoping that Love Island will give her the chance to find the one.

“I’m 27 and I’ve never been in a relationship so I feel like now I’m really ready to settle down and hopefully find the love of my life,” she says.

She promises to “bring fun” and “vibes” to the villa too.

How old is Olivia on Love Island?

Ring girl and actress Olivia Hawkins is 27 years old, currently making her the oldest contestant in the 2023 cast.

She is by no means the oldest contestant in Love Island history, however, with season 4 runner-up Paul Knops, season 3's Marcel Somerville and season 1's Jordan Ring all being 31 whilst on the show.

Is Olivia on Instagram?

Olivia Hawkins love island
Love Island contestant Olivia Hawkins. ITV / Lifted Entertainment

You can follow Olivia on Instagram on @livhawkinss, where the Love Island hopeful has previously shared glammed-up photos from London nights out, envious holiday snaps, as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses from her filming jobs, including a stint as Emma Watson’s stand-in on last year’s Harry Potter reunion show.

While she’s appearing on the dating show, though, she’ll be pausing posts from all her social media accounts.

Although islanders usually hand over their Instagram passwords to a close friend or family member to take on posting duties when they head into the villa, ITV’s new duty of care guidelines ask that contestants "pause handles and accounts on their social media platforms for the duration of their time on the show" to "protect both the Islanders and their families from the adverse effects of social media".

What is Olivia looking for in a partner?

Olivia hasn’t yet revealed much about her type on paper, but it seems that she’ll need someone who can match her energy and keep up with “a little bit of drama”.

“I’m a very confident, bubbly person,” she adds. Fingers crossed she finds the one.

Love Island continues on ITV2 and ITVX tonight at 9pm. Previous seasons of Love Island are available on BritBox – you can sign up for a 7-day free trial.

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